Thursday, May 03, 2012

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Keeping Your Words and Attitude Clean

from Lma’an Yishme’u

Instead of saying "bad," the Lubavitcher Rebbe would say "not good". Likewise the Rebbe taught us to say "the opposite of life", "the opposite of health", and "the opposite of kedushah."

At every opportunity, the Rebbe encouraged that hospitals in Eretz Yisroel be called beis refuah (home of healing), rather than the common beis cholim (home of the sick).

(Reb Akiva adds, in our synagogue we do not call out that we will be making a misheberach, a blessing, for cholim, for the sick, but rather we will be making a blessing for any needing a refuah, a healing.)

In numerous letters, the Rebbe taught that the word 'secular' (or chiloni in Israel) cannot be applied to a Yid (a Jew), who is by definition holy.

At the Lag Ba'omer parade of 5726, the Rebbe taught us another lesson in speech;

During the sicha, the Rebbe mentioned the possuk "Im bechukosai telechu... (If you will keep the mitzvos... I will provide rain...)," but skipped out the words 'if' and 'rain'. When Reb Yaakov Yehudah Hecht did the translation, he did include those words. The Rebbe later explained to him the omission:

"When thousands of Yiddishe (Jewish) children are rallied together, it does not make sense to say 'if you will keep the mitzvos' - for of course they will. And regarding the word 'rain' - I did not think it was an appropriate thing to mention during an outdoor parade..."

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